An exciting time for Minor Football in Hamilton

Updated Monday March 3, 2014 by Hamilton Football Association.

March 1, 2014

HFA Coaches and Members,

The official launch of the Hamilton Football Association (HFA) occurred a few weeks ago (jrticats.com). It is an exciting time for grassroots football in our city.  The HFA gives us the opportunity to shape and lead minor football not only in the region but also our country. 

As you are aware we have created partnerships with the biggest and best brands in the city (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, McMaster Marauders, CJFL Hamilton Hurricanes). Along with the CFL Players Association, Football Canada and the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA), we are the lead association for Safe Contact™ and NCCP coaching certification.   The momentum is building and the buzz within the football community has been fantastic!

We look to build a football experience for our coaches, parents and kids that will be first class.  We are asking for your support as it will help to facilitate the change that will be occurring.

Going forward as one large organization, it is critical to have process, protocol and structure in place.  The past few weeks we have reviewed and discussed a vision of the HFA standard going forward. 

HFA grassroots has a vision of unity, professionalism, family football experience and safety for our kids. We intend to be leaders of the new education and criteria that will be coming from our regulating bodies (OFA/ Football Canada).  We will encourage professional development in our coaches and in turn, this will help to grow the sport and our association.

The infrastructure/protocol now in place to monitor and deliver this experience is as follows:

Hamilton Football Coaches Association (HFCA):

The HFCA has a mandate to:

  • Filter, review and discipline  all coaches
  • Appoint all head coaches (rep and house leagues)
  • Educate and bring the most recent professional development opportunities to our coaches
  • Strive to become Canada's first Safe Contact™ association
  • Develop coaching structure and player safety procedures
  • Develop measurement tools to evaluate coaches

March 23 is the start of that process via the OFA Safe Contact™ Clinic Football Canada strongly recommends all football coaches to have this training in 2015.  We have a goal to achieve that in 2014 and become Canada’s first Safe Contact™ association as opposed to fragmented by individual coach.

We look to build and fund the association through grants and donations as we move forward in future years to help subsidize the cost of some mandated education. Those that attended the HFA February clinic will be discounted after payment, and completion of the Safe Contact™ clinic along with a commitment to HFA. 

But we are asking you to invest in yourself and our kids in HFA for professional development, before going to outside sources or USA education.  Our Hamilton kids and parents at least deserve that.  The HFCA looks to build a strong group of coaches that are committed to and believe in the HFA model and vision.

  • Enroll now for the OFA Safe Contact™ clinic at jrticats.com.
  • The fee is a OFA charge- NOT HFA.
  • You will come out as an OFA/football Canada “Safe Contact”  trained coach. In class and on field instructions is scheduled.
  • This is the Canadian version of Heads Up™ via Football USA. Heads Up™ is NOT recognized by Football Canada.  

If you have conflicts in your schedule on March 23 please email Mike King, Director of the Coaches Association.

APPAREL, (spirit wear, coaches and players)

We are entering into agreements with apparel manufacturers and sponsorships with them.  The logos of our teams and HFA are exclusive to the HFA league.  Coaches and managers are NOT to reproduce merchandise outside of our licensing agreement.  In the coming months we hope to launch an online portal with HFA spirit wear that coaches, parents, kids,  friends and family can visit and order the league and team items. A local dealer will be available to handle all the administration of payment, delivery and fittings etc.   The grassroots will have an HFA online shop - "The Roar Store”.  We look to provide more detail in the coming months.


No individual team fundraising is permitted going forward

Our vision is unity and professionalism and we look to benefit the HFA football experience as a whole.  A Fundraising and Sponsorship Director has been appointed and will work with the Roar Club on league-wide fundraising opportunities.  We encourage all those to help the league grow and all kids participate in the benefit of a prosperous game day and football experience.  HFA will have a Year End Awards Gala on November 13, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of all the Fall. If you wish to participate in fundraising or have ideas to support HFA please contact Tania Harris, hfasponsorship@gmail.com.


The purpose of the Roar Club is to provide encouragement and generate support for the HFA Grass Roots League.  The Roar Club works to support and improve the league through activities for the teams and improvement of facilities and equipment. In addition, the Roar Club helps to:

  • Create a family-oriented football culture for HFA.
  • Promote positive interaction between the Roar Club, the coaching staff, the players and the general public
  • Host and sponsor events to build team spirit and morale amongst players and parents
  • Organize community fundraising activities to help provide upgrades and benefits to the teams, players and HFA League as a whole


We have partnered with Twin City Minor Football (Kitchener), Niagara Storm (St Catherines), Brantford Bisons and Port Dover Steelheads for games.   We will evaluate players carefully and balance teams for size and experience with rules used to equalize time on the field, allow players to try different positions and we emphasize safety!   Rep players and house players are comingled and equalized on teams in East and West.  Our Spring program is for all experience levels and players.


Game Venue(s):  The majority of house league games will be located in the city limits at our football dedicated complex-  MacRae Fields  (located behind Beverly Community Center) and Mohawk Sports Complex.  Play-offs we are working to have at Bishop Ryan High School and St Thomas More High School.     Our goal is to return to a non-travel house league format if possible. BUT our enrollment numbers in early July will determine that outcome.  Should we not have enough for a full house league schedule we will play and are committed to OFL (COMFL) house/AA division www.comfl.com.

So some travel games may be required if this occurs.


HFA is a member of the Ontario Football League (OFL). (www.comfl.com). COMFL is getting rebuilt into a tiered model looking to attract new members and has been renamed to the OFL.  If you have any questions or concerns with football operations please contact myself or:

HFCA: Mike King                                            Equipment: Dan Tremblay

Spring program: Scott Donaldson                    Registrations: Danielle Baboth/ Dave Dowsett

Fall Rep:  Paul Micieli                                      Apparel:  Betty Fournier

Fall house:  Dan Fournier                                Fundraising: Tania Harris

Roar Club: Arlene Sardo

Treasurer: Jason Barnes

Contacts and further league information is available at jrticats.com

Joe Sardo

HFA Grassroots Football Operations

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